‘Rajnigandha’: About a Fragrance That Smells Like Love

“Adhikaar ye jabse saajan ka har dhadkan par maana maine Main jabse unke saath bandhi, ye bhed tabhi jaana maine Kitna sukh hai bandhan mein…’ Rajnigandha phool tumhare bikhre yunhi jeevan mein…” Writes lyricist Yogesh for Basu Chatterjee’s Rajnigandha. The words roughly translate to: “Since I’ve given him every right […]

‘Avengers: Endgame’ – action, emotions, and nostalgia on a picture-perfect platter

One film, a wide array of characters and endless possibilities. To conceptualize a franchise finale like Avengers: Endgame might easily be the most gargantuan challenge for commercial filmmakers. Because my favourite characters might not be the same for the person next to me in the cinema. While I might be […]

‘Helicopter Eela’ review – This inane film has no choice but to crash-land

Helicopter Eela is a bizarre film. One with a weirdly articulated and insecure-sounding title, this Pradeep Sarkar directorial takes us through a range of unwelcome emotions – cringe, disbelief, exasperation – you name it, this film has it all. Presented as a breezy (and maybe a little loud) mother-son comedy-drama, […]

‘Love Sonia’ review – Uncovers flesh trade and limitless human spirit

It is a difficult deal for films that attempt to picture the loss of innocence – especially where there are children and teenagers robbed of their basic right to be themselves. These stories agitate and sadden us while imparting what might simply be an uncomfortable social reality. Filmmaker Tabrez Noorani’s […]

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ review – an overlong space epic where the villain leads the pack

A magnum opus that contains several of the MCU heroes, complete with overpowering visuals. A villain with an identity and rock solid stakes. The brief for Avengers: Infinity War would be tempting for a screenwriter. How do we include them all and still mete justice to each? Not to mention […]

‘Shankhachil’ review – conscience knows no borders

“Panchi nadiyaan… pawan ke jhonken… Yunhi sarhad na… inhe roke…” Javed Akhtar’s National Award-winning lines from Refugee will be recalled as veteran Goutam Ghose’s latest Shankhachil concludes. A moving family drama underlined with layers of Indo-Bangladesh ties, religious and national identity, the film has a lot to say. Screened at […]